Feng Shui for the Garden – Water energy and our Journey or Life-Path

In my last post I discussed how the bagua may be placed over the plot our home sits on which then gives us an extra layer of information to guide us as we apply feng shui to our outdoor rooms/gardens.

Now let’s focus on one particular area of the bagua.  

 1 The Journey – our lifepath and how things are flowing for us in our lives:

(North if using the compass school or middle front aligned to the entrance from the street, if using the Western approach to set the bagua) 

Water energy is useful here when we wish to create more movement and energy in this part of our lives. Clear out any fallen leaves or plants which have died back and make some space for new opportunities. If you feel you would like more of a sense of containment – if your journey feels a little “all over the place” and needs more direction you can add the metal element in the form of rounded or spherical shapes in design or decor and the colours white and silver. 

Water features

This water feature with three round bowls flowing into one another offers both movement and containment. If you are using a water with directional flow, always ensure to position it so that the water flows toward the home rather than away from it.

Water symbolises abundance; therefore we always want it flowing towards us rather than seeping away.



Feng shui design water turtleThe Turtle is associated with this energy in feng shui, representing a slow but steady pace, being at home on our journey through life. 

Planting in this part of the garden can include plants which tumble and flow, mimicking the moving energy of water.

The colours blue and black are used to symbolise the water element and white and silver may be used to represent the metal element which supports and contains the water element in the natural world. 


Particular plants which are useful include:-

Blue Cornflower which is a gentle medicinal plant often associated with regulating the water element within the body. 

Trailing plants in hanging baskets and pots are also useful here; eg: lobelia, ivy, trailing flowers and herbs, and even the humble chickweed which is a wonderful plant to offer support in times of transition and is an indicator of fertile, mineral rich soil. 



Pathways in this part of the property will ideally meander gently as opposed to racing through in straight lines. In Feng Shui we prefer a more gentle pace which is more controlled and easier to maintain.

The water element symbolises vitality, adaptability, flexibility, courage and our sense of adventure.


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